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Growing garlic: how much to water

To grow garlic correctly, particular attention must be paid to the watering chapter. Especially for the cultivation carried out directly at home in the garden, you should not intervene unless strictly necessary. In fact, garlic is a plant that develops both in the aerial part and underground but it is precisely the bulb, buried, to be exposed to diseases due to rot. Natural rainfall, therefore, should be more than sufficient. The reasoning obviously varies according to the seasonal situation and the geographical position. After spring, when the rains are not intense, garlic could benefit from watering as the bulbs swell during this period. When the aerial part begins to dry out, in order not to affect the harvest,

How to grow garlic

The cultivation of garlic, generally, is done starting from the cloves, planting them directly in the open field facing upwards, in order to favor the growth of the aerial part. To try it, just take a very common cooking garlic and leave it open for some time, noting that the green part will pop out. The cloves will only sprout and root if they are separated from the bulb. The optimal depth for planting garlic is about 3 cm, simply proceeding with the foresight to place the sprouted part at the top. Wanting to allocate a corner of our garden to the cultivation of garlic, we will proceed to plant it 15cm from each other, spacing it 30-40cm between the rows. Garlic can be planted from November, for a spring harvest, until March.

Fertilization and soil

In the cultivation of garlic it is more important to choose the right soil. To obtain healthy and perfect bulbs, the ideal is an already fertile and very light soil, with an excellent capacity to absorb atmospheric precipitation. Fertilization must also be done carefully, avoiding the addition of organic fertilizers that could cause rot, irreparably ruining the crop. The ideal would be to proceed after a previous cultivation, for example as a subsequent rotation of legumes or over vegetables. In this way we will have a fertilized soil long before and eventually we will add only mineral fertilizers. During the cultivation phase, once or twice during the growth of garlic plants, the use of a nitrogen-based fertilizer may be recommended.

Growing Garlic: Exposure, Diseases, Remedies

Garlic is a very hardy plant that only needs at least a couple of hours of direct sunlight to grow well. The average temperature for cultivation is between 12 ° C and 25 ° C. The proximity and the intercropping of garlic can help other plants to repel some insects but also garlic can be attacked by diseases and parasites. Downy mildew appears with a gray color on the aerial part of the plant, also presenting widespread spots. It can be helpful to use copper to prevent it from spreading to the garlic bulb. Even rust, characterized by the typical yellow spots, has the same remedy with a copper-based treatment. Other types of mold and rot may be due to excessive irrigation and it is recommended, in this case,

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